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| Michelle Krebs has over 15 years of experience interviewing and hiring candidates in the health care and medical device industries.

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It is often said that a career in healthcare is a 'thankless job'. How can we keep you motivated and engaged, even on the days when you feel your work goes unnoticed?

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  1. 1.

    It is often said that a career in healthcare is a 'thankless job'. How can we keep you motivated and engaged, even on the days when you feel your work goes unnoticed?

      The interviewer would like to know how they could continue to motivate you - even on the hardest of days. Do you need to have verbal recognition? Are you motivated solely by the success of your team? Talk to the interviewer about how you have stayed motivated in the past.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I am an easily motivated individual, and it does not take much to keep me engaged. I am fully aware that healthcare-related positions can seem thankless. Honestly, the best thanks that I can get is a pat on the back now and then. The majority of my motivation comes from simply helping people."

      Michelle's Answer

      "My chosen career was helping people at exactly the point they were least capable of censoring themselves or giving back. So, I stopped needing thanks from my patients. It's not like I don't need positive reinforcement. Everyone does. But I made a point to find it in other places instead of expecting it from my patients. Nowadays I make an effort to expressly thank the people I work with when they do a good job. I focus on being grateful to be allowed to see private, raw, emotional parts of peoples lives. And I make work-related goals I can achieve for satisfaction."

  2. 2.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Hamad Medical Corporation?

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations with Hamad Medical Corporation. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I believe my success with Hamad Medical Corporation will come from having all of the hard skills that you are looking for, whether learned in school or gained through work experience. I know all the key players in this region and stay informed of best practices."

  3. 3.

    When starting a new job, what are steps you've taken to develop a 30, 60, 90 day plan for yourself?

      The interviewer wants to make sure you'll acclimate quickly and have concrete goals to set the path. Show them that you plan out your goals but also recognized you need your team to help.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I have worked with many different kids of leaders and some are more organized than others. I typically ask about expectations during the first few days of starting a new job and base my plan from there with her/his approval. I like to make a mini-project plan for the action steps so I don't lose track of anything. The 30 day plan has much more acclimation to the company while the 60-90 day plans have more action items and change management."

  4. 4.

    If Hamad Medical Corporation hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate. If you want to make an impact with your answer, refer to the immediate needs of the company such as increasing budgets, or improving patient care, for instance.

      Michelle's Answer

      "When we were speaking earlier, you mentioned that you were urgently seeking to improve the level of patient care and compassion at this facility. I want to offer my strong skills when it comes to building patient rapport and help to improve the satisfaction of everyone that uses the services of Hamad Medical Corporation. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."

      Michelle's Answer

      "This question is a delicate one, and you need to show respect for the onboarding process, then give a moderately ambitious project that you could execute. This concept is often called your 'value proposition' in marketing. "Hire me because I'll do X."

      But remember this is your campaign promise, if hired, it will likely be your first target to hit and depending on the environment, it could make or break you. The best approach is to give a functional analysis of the employers' needs and your skills."

  5. 5.

    What is an area of positive feedback you've received in a performance review?

      Let your skills shine as you highlight an area that you excel at. Pick something that can be relatable to this position.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I continuously get feedback on my positive attitude. It might seem small, but it is really important when there are difficult cases going on. My manager loves that about me and can count on me to keep the team positive even in difficult times."

  6. 6.

    Hamad Medical Corporation supports a healthy work/life balance for all employees. How do you balance life and work?

      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I make a strong effort to keep a healthy balance by spending my free time away from my cell phone and having more face-to-face time with my friends and family. I indulge in the things that make me happy, on my time off. By consistently rejuvenating in this way, I can give even more energy when I am at work."

  7. 7.

    If you could expand your knowledge and expertise in any area of healthcare services, which would you choose?

      The interviewer would like to dig deeper into your true areas of interest when it comes to healthcare services. They want to know that your passions align well with what Hamad Medical Corporation is offering. Talk to the interviewer about the areas of healthcare you would like to focus on most, and then tie that information in with what the position at Hamad Medical Corporation would be offering you.

      Michelle's Answer

      "If I could expand my expertise in any healthcare service area I would choose anything within primary care. This is one of the reasons I have applied with your company. I feel that your focus will be a great fit with my long-term career goals."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I'm interested in research. One of the things that attracted me to working with your company is your ongoing community-based research collaborations. I'd be curious to hear if the [clinic/hospital/program] had any needs in this area. Is this something junior staff can be involved in?"

  8. 8.

    At Hamad Medical Corporation we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. What do you want to learn and where do you want to grow in your career?

      Every hiring manager wants their next hire to stay in the company forever. We know that isn't reality and you should be honest with your interviewer, but make sure you paint a picture where you are growing within the company.

      Michelle's Answer

      "In 3-5 years I would like to see my career with Hamad Medical Corporation include a path towards a leadership role. I am very keen on paving a long-term career in the healthcare services realm and would love the opportunity to do that here."

      Michelle's Answer

      "One of the attractive points of working for Hamad Medical Corporation is that you care about the growth of your employees. I'm motivated to learn and am looking for a long-term fit. In 3-5 years I'd like to be grounded in the clinic, learn about this site, your patient base and earn certifications that would help the unit advance. Personally, I'd like to get involved in some of the local volunteer organizations. I speak Spanish, and I have an interest in urban outreach so it would be nice to do something formal in that context...health-education or fundraising."

  9. 9.

    Tell me about your salary expectations.

      Provide your interviewer a reasonable range. While some people don't want to bring up compensation in the interview, if your interview asks, be realistic about your expectations and perhaps do some research on what the average salary is for Quatar.

      Michelle's Answer

      "My expectations are between $60-70K in US dollars. If this is a mutual fit, I'm happy to discuss it further. I want to be paid fairly for the work I do and I trust you'll make that happen."

  10. 10.

    What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

      Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of situation offered in this position prior, to the interview. If you aren't completely clear on the workplace environment or culture, kindly ask the interviewer to expand on the work environment for you.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I can be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I prefer to focus on the positive, so if it's okay, I would like to share with you what my ideal work environment looks like. My ideal environment is organized, collaborative, positive, energetic, and encouraging. I love working with like-minded people who set challenging goals for themselves. I thrive when I work for supervisors who encourage curiosity and creativity in problem-solving."

  11. 11.

    Tell me about a group project you've worked on recently. What was your role and what was the outcome?

      Everybody needs a team player; not a diva with arrogance. Think of a time you worked with a cross functional team and there was a positive outcome.

      Michelle's Answer

      "In my last year of college, we had to analyze a business from marketing to financial. We then had to present our findings to leaders at that company. I suggested we all take parts so that we aren't duplicating work but that we collaborate on the outlines so there are still common themes for all of the parts. We took this approach and it was cohesive. The company loves our analysis and are using many of the ideas we had."

      Michelle's Answer

      "At work, I'm on a team looking at a possible remodel in our unit. My job is researching other health care organizations of similar size and journal articles to learn best practices. Other team members are looking at cost, design palette, and the people-side of the project. It isn't finished yet, but I think the outcome will be very positive because of the extreme amount of planning."

  12. 12.

    Hamad Medical Corporation has over 90 different nationalities working together diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers me unique learning opportunities."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Hamad Medical Corporation. I greatly value diversity. I grew up in a fairly homogeneous town in Montana. When I hit my 20's, it was so important to me to learn about other cultures. I worked with community volunteer organizations in Peru, inner-city Chicago, and Russia."

  13. 13.

    Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

      The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

      Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

      Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I believe that being a good team member is more about attitude than it is about compatibility. You do not need to agree with everyone 100% of the time, to be effective in your job."

  14. 14.

    Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?

      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please.

      Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was with you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

      Michelle's Answer

      "I once worked at a small medical facility where the primary physician was very demanding. When he would walk into the facility, employees would quietly announce that he was in the building, so that everyone could be prepared for his arrival. This physician had great intentions; however, his people skills were a little rough. I could see that he meant well, and I recognized that he wanted to do a lot of good things. When we interacted, I always took his feedback with the understanding that he didn't mean things as harshly as he might say them."

      Michelle's Answer

      "In my previous position, I did have a coworker who didn't pull their weight. This unmotivated coworker created more work for the rest of the team by being slow and unresponsive. Our team started to complete most of the tasks when it came to group projects. It didn't take much time before our department head noticed this particular individual was slacking. I feel like, in most instances, the underachievers will weed themselves out over time, and it's rarely worth making a fuss over."

  15. 15.

    Tell me about yourself.

      Take a few minutes to tell the interviewer a few things about yourself. You can begin with your recent education, family life, volunteer work, or talk about your travels. Bring up anything that is interesting and highlights your ability to be a responsible, reliable, and bright individual.

      Michelle's Answer

      "A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and had been actively looking for work the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."

      Michelle's Answer

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. Being newer to my career in healthcare services, my biggest goal as of late has to take as many related courses and workshops as possible. I am eager to get a great start on my career."

  16. 16.

    How do you like to communication with your manager?

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  17. 17.

    Rate your problem solving skills from 1-10. How do you justify your rating?

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  18. 18.

    In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?

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  19. 19.

    With the ongoing changes in the healthcare services industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?

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  20. 20.

    If you could expand your knowledge and expertise in any healthcare service area, which would you choose?

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  21. 21.

    What part of your healthcare career brings you the most stress?

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  22. 22.

    HMC values professional development and education. What is the last learning opportunity you have been able to participate in?

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  23. 23.

    How would you describe your personality?

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  24. 24.

    When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?

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  25. 25.

    What element of health care is particularly intriguing to you coming from outside the industry?

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about any teaching or training experience you have.

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  27. 27.

    In order to work for Hamad Medical Corporation, you must be able to pass a full criminal background check. Do you consent to a full background check?

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  28. 28.

    What is your patient care philosophy?

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  29. 29.

    Tell me about your healthcare related education and training.

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  30. 30.

    Why are you interested in working at HMC?

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  31. 31.

    Tell me about a time you took initiative at work.

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